More veterans removed at Vietnam War Memorial

posted at 2:31 pm on October 5, 2013 by Jazz Shaw

When I first saw this story, I assumed that it almost had to be a hoax. After the previous incidents with veterans and the added expenditures involved in closing open spaces to keep veterans from paying their respects to the Honored Dead one would assume that even a novice politician would move to staunch the bleeding. But instead, it seems that the White House is doubling down, as reported at The Weekly Standard.

Via William Jacobson, NBC’s affiliate in Washington, D.C. reports that police ordered tourists and Vietnam war veterans who were visiting the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall to leave the memorial at one point on Friday.

After one group of veterans went around the barricade, “the park ranger told them the wall was closed,” NBC’s Mark Seagraves reported. “Later another group of vets showed up and moved the barricades. At that point, the memorial filled with vets and tourists. That’s when police came and moved everyone out.”

As usual, it sounds like our veterans accounted themselves in a professional dignified manner, but were not going to put up with any nonsense.

Segraves described the exchange as pleasant and respectful.

The veterans then moved the barricade and walked down to the wall to pay their respects. But a flood of tourists followed even though the memorial is closed to the general public.

“The consensus among the group of Vietnam veterans was we’re going to go anyway. We’ll go through the barricade,” North Carolina resident Reid Mendenhall said.

U.S. Park Police arrive to the scene, asked everyone to leave and put the barricade back into place.

Conflict over the closure of D.C.’s war memorials has drawn a lot of controversy this week.

Yes… a lot of controversy is putting it mildly. The President can pick all the battles with congressional Republicans that he likes and probably not draw too much political fire from the middle. But if you wanted to conduct a poll of who is least likely to be blamed for anything in this country by the general public, veterans visiting war memorials would have to come in somewhere near the bottom of the list, behind possibly only puppies.

How many more of these stories can the administration sustain before the “no compromise, no negotiations” crowd realizes that they’re going to have to come to the table? Assuming, that is, that the stories actually make it onto the national news.

Update: (Jazz) A bit more thoughtful perspective on this than I managed on short notice from Doug.

Quite honestly, the closure of the open air memorials on the National Mall has been among the more bizarre post-shutdown moves that those in authority have taken. Ordinarily, these memorials are open all day and night every day of the year. To the extent that they are staffed, it is typically by National Park Service employees giving guided tours, not by Park Police (although there may be regular patrols of these memorials at night by officers as part of their regular rounds). The fact that these employees, who are essentially just tour guides aren’t around doesn’t really detract at all from the experience of visiting the memorials themselves…

Many on the right have accused the Obama Administration of doing things like closing these memorials in an effort to inflict the most pain in a public manner as part of an effort to put pressure on the GOP. Frankly, I have no doubt that there might be some truth in that, and that the choices of what has and hasn’t been closed may well have some political motivation behind it. However, it strikes me that some of these choices were made without considering of the public relations of doing so. The pictures of open air memorials that have always been open to the public being surrounded by barricades, or of World War II veterans having to essentially force their way in to the memorial to the war that they fought, doesn’t really make for very good television or photography.

I’d probably have had to use a lot more curse words inappropriate for this site if I’d written that much about it but well said none the less.


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Democrat President of the United States of America Barack Hussein Obama is relishing gleefully in sticking it to veterans and the American people.

Murphy9 on October 5, 2013 at 2:35 PM

Levin said Wednesday night that he’d have hundreds of thousands of people on the Mall if these guys molested any vets.

I wonder if he’ll actually do it.

TouchingTophet on October 5, 2013 at 2:35 PM

The regime is getting one helluva test run for its fascist dreams here. If it doesn’t get some extreme push-back, it will really be game over.

Rational Thought on October 5, 2013 at 2:36 PM

No doubt about it, this administration is evil.

sadatoni on October 5, 2013 at 2:37 PM

So, do we really think that the military and police will not fire on citizens if “ordered”. This is a sample and test of what is to come.

retiredeagle on October 5, 2013 at 2:37 PM

http://ridefortheconstitution.org/

Trucker protest in DC next weekend.

http://overpassesforamerica.com/

It is time to rally against the snake eating basterd in the White House.

Murphy9 on October 5, 2013 at 2:37 PM

Incitement. Plain as day.

Harbingeing on October 5, 2013 at 2:37 PM

Hes closing the ocean too. Yeah the ocean.

He think hes God. This flippin fool think hes God.

Time is coming I can feel it. It wont be the republicans that feel it. Normal Americans do no side with liberals.

watertown on October 5, 2013 at 2:38 PM

Disgusting

gophergirl on October 5, 2013 at 2:38 PM

UNBELIEVABLE: NPS blocks lane to prevent viewers from stopping on the side of the road to view Mt Rushmore! pic.twitter.com/wTgY7FJLzS

— Diana West (@diana_west_) October 5, 2013

Don’t even THINK about stopping on the side of the road to look at a closed monument from afar!

If Obama could drape a tarp over Mt Rushmore, he would.

Of course, if Republicans agreed to put MrAssHO!‘s face on Mt Rushmore, he’d start caving on all sorts of things.

Resist We Much on October 5, 2013 at 2:38 PM

retiredeagle on October 5, 2013 at 2:37 PM

Some will but many will not fire. The only ones that would turn on citizens would be those that are only doing it for the power.

watertown on October 5, 2013 at 2:40 PM

No, Levin won’t do it. He is too busy plugging his book.

envycat on October 5, 2013 at 2:41 PM

im thinking by closing Rushmore….
his face might just slip to the bottom of the list
to be added to this great american park..

going2mars on October 5, 2013 at 2:42 PM

How many more of these stories can the administration sustain before the “no compromise, no negotiations” crowd realizes that they’re going to have to come to the table? Assuming, that is, that the stories actually make it onto the national news.

Something is wrong when you’ve got Congressmen and reporters showing up with wire cutters to assist 90-year-olds getting the chance to see their memorial. I knew that they had barricaded off the Vietnam Wall too and I am glad there is civil disobedience going on there too. The NPS position is being dictated by Obama’s OMB. It is unsustainable but it will leave the service with a black eye for years to come.

Happy Nomad on October 5, 2013 at 2:42 PM

The 4th Reich is upon you.

Schadenfreude on October 5, 2013 at 2:43 PM

im thinking by closing Rushmore….
his face might just slip to the bottom of the list
to be added to this great american park..

going2mars on October 5, 2013 at 2:42 PM

It was never a serious addition. The big ears on the lazy stupid coward would take up way too much space to be practical.

Happy Nomad on October 5, 2013 at 2:43 PM

Politico, the obama-harlots, left out all the vets’ comments against obama, the thug who closed the always open memorials, and parts of the ocean.

Schadenfreude on October 5, 2013 at 2:44 PM

Happy Nomad on October 5, 2013 at 2:42 PM

I wish I could remember where I read this – one of the awesome vets from last week’s honor flight went up to a Park Ranger and said thank you for doing your job. Then proceeded to tell him/her that he was going to the Vietnam Memorial and they were free to arrest him if they wanted.

That is just all kinds of cool

gophergirl on October 5, 2013 at 2:45 PM

It’s obvious the dog eater is trying to incite violence. Veterans are, after all, potential terrorist threats. This is what he is trying to incite. He needs to be removed from office before he succeeds.

Harbingeing on October 5, 2013 at 2:45 PM

Schadenfreude on October 5, 2013 at 2:44 PM

Politico also implied that taxpayers paid for all of the construction of the WWII Memorial.

I destroyed that claim early in their thread.

Resist We Much on October 5, 2013 at 2:47 PM

If obama’s mug w/b on Mt. Rushmore, the cops would escort you, through the chains and barricades, to see it.

Plus, this idiotic gov’t of O’Mugabe spends more dough on shutting monuments down, and paying cops and such, than normal.

Wake up America!

YOU are the laughing stock to a world now morally run by Putin.

Schadenfreude on October 5, 2013 at 2:48 PM

So these memorials belong to Barrack. They do not belong to the people. They are his, as we are his and he can do whatever he wants with his things. Get used to it.

JellyToast on October 5, 2013 at 2:48 PM

A spark is coming…

d1carter on October 5, 2013 at 2:48 PM

Resist We Much on October 5, 2013 at 2:47 PM

You are indefatigable. Thank you!

Schadenfreude on October 5, 2013 at 2:48 PM

Brownshirts with dogs…?

d1carter on October 5, 2013 at 2:50 PM

While President Petulant is in the midst of his temper tantrum, the only bill Despicable Harry Reid, who associates with felons, passes is one for National Chess Week:
http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/10/05/amid-govt-shutdown-harry-reid-makes-time-to-pass-bill-recognizing-national-chess-week/

rbj on October 5, 2013 at 2:51 PM

I wish I could remember where I read this – one of the awesome vets from last week’s honor flight went up to a Park Ranger and said thank you for doing your job. Then proceeded to tell him/her that he was going to the Vietnam Memorial and they were free to arrest him if they wanted.

That is just all kinds of cool

gophergirl on October 5, 2013 at 2:45 PM

If Obama continues this targeted persecution, the mall (which is officially closed) is going to resemble the Bonus Army riots.

But it is stories like this that prove to me that any talk of the GOP brokering some sort of deal anytime soon is more wishful thinking than a real threat. Raising the debt ceiling is going to be the trigger where Harry Reid and the lazy stupid coward can no longer demand that the GOP do a complete cave before there is any discussion about a “wide range of issues.”

Happy Nomad on October 5, 2013 at 2:51 PM

How much more of the s**t are the American people going to take? People that support this fraud sitting in the White House should be locked up forever.

jeffinsjvca on October 5, 2013 at 2:52 PM

Levin said Wednesday night that he’d have hundreds of thousands of people on the Mall if these guys molested any vets.

I wonder if he’ll actually do it.

TouchingTophet on October 5, 2013 at 2:35 PM

if he really could pull that off he would’ve by now,

chasdal on October 5, 2013 at 2:53 PM

“the park ranger told them the wall was closed,”

I’ve been there. It’s a wall. A wall. Situated in the open air against a mound of grassy earth. The sun shines on it. Rain falls on it. There’s nothing to plug in. No doors to lock. No windows to break.

Now.. does it take more money to close it, barricade it and guard it than it does to just let it be?

We are being “ruled” by a 10 year old.

JellyToast on October 5, 2013 at 2:53 PM

As a Vietnam Veteran myself I only wish I could have been there to invoke some civil disobedience!!!!!

nwsseeker on October 5, 2013 at 2:53 PM

Who will be the first to arrest a veteran at one of our war memeorials..?

d1carter on October 5, 2013 at 2:53 PM

While President Petulant is in the midst of his temper tantrum, the only bill Despicable Harry Reid, who associates with felons, passes is one for National Chess Week:

rbj on October 5, 2013 at 2:51 PM

Hey be fair! If the House had passed a bill concerning cowboy poetry, I’m sure that would have been passed too. But when it comes to helping sick kids or funding the National Guard………..

Why would they want to pass those things?

Happy Nomad on October 5, 2013 at 2:53 PM

President Obama leaves 85 per cent tip on trip to local sandwich shop during shutdown

The democrat president Barack Hussein Obama(dog eater) is a cheapskate clown.

Murphy9 on October 5, 2013 at 2:54 PM

Mount Rushmore and Mr. Obama are invoked so frequently in the same sentence that I began to wonder if in fact there is a movement in place to chisel the 44th president on the South Dakota mountainside,” Lucey writes.

http://rt.com/usa/obama-face-mount-rushmore-904/

dog eating big ears or not…they are thinking about it…

maybe not so much after this debacle…

going2mars on October 5, 2013 at 2:54 PM

Who will be the first to arrest a veteran at one of our war memeorials..?

d1carter on October 5, 2013 at 2:53 PM

Where the hell is John McCain who is constantly bleating about what a friend he is to veterans? I haven’t heard one word from the senile bastard since the shutdown began- except when he was blasting Ted Cruz in the Democrat rebuttal to the Cruz filibuster.

Happy Nomad on October 5, 2013 at 2:56 PM

dog eating big ears or not…they are thinking about it…

maybe not so much after this debacle…

going2mars on October 5, 2013 at 2:54 PM

I can see it now. Yeah, we’ll have to get rid of George Washington to accomodate the ears but how important is some white slaveholder anyway?

Happy Nomad on October 5, 2013 at 2:57 PM

But they can’t/won’t close the border?

davidk on October 5, 2013 at 2:57 PM

Nice going, Obama.

You have managed to turn National Park Service employees, probably one of the most respected group of employees in the federal government, into shock troops for your fascist agenda.

Rise up and rebel, National Park Service employees, side with the American people.

MichaelGabriel on October 5, 2013 at 2:58 PM

these groups should be asserting that they are engaging in 1st amendment activities. supposedly that’s allowed.

chasdal on October 5, 2013 at 2:58 PM

We are being “ruled” by a 10 year old.

JellyToast on October 5, 2013 at 2:53 PM

10-year-olds resent the comparison.

Happy Nomad on October 5, 2013 at 2:59 PM

This business will get out of control.

Murphy9 on October 5, 2013 at 2:54 PM

That’s actually a very big tip. I checked the article.

dogsoldier on October 5, 2013 at 2:59 PM

But they can’t/won’t close the border?

davidk on October 5, 2013 at 2:57 PM

Well, if WWII vets went there…

Resist We Much on October 5, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Happy Nomad on October 5, 2013 at 2:56 PM

McCain sides with the fascist Zero. he’s another elite jackass.

dogsoldier on October 5, 2013 at 3:01 PM

if he really could pull that off he would’ve by now,

chasdal on October 5, 2013 at 2:53 PM

There is undoubtedly some bluster on Levin’s part but think of the legal ramifications too. To hold mass gatherings on the National Mall you need permits (the office for which is undoubtedly shut down by the NPS). For a national radio host to call for such a gathering without a permit could be legally construed as inciting a riot. Not that I have anything against breaking the law and having mass protests on the Mall with or without permits and porta-potties.

Happy Nomad on October 5, 2013 at 3:02 PM

Tomorrow we’ll find the Appalachia Mountains have been closed. Armed guards with dogs will patrol every highway and dirt road. Families who live there will be forced out of their homes, no less.

A few days after the oceans will be closed. No ships will be allowed to pass and all the beaches will be barricaded. Won’t be long then until Barrack closes the sky. Federal agents will patrol the streets checking to make sure nobody is caught “looking up.”

JellyToast on October 5, 2013 at 3:03 PM

Murphy9 on October 5, 2013 at 2:54 PM

As much as I hate the rat-eared b@stard the tip was 85%, not .85cts.

Barred on October 5, 2013 at 3:03 PM

As much as I hate the rat-eared b@stard the tip was 85%, not .85cts.

Barred on October 5, 2013 at 3:03 PM

President Obama leaves 85 per cent tip on trip to local sandwich shop during shutdown

The democrat president Barack Hussein Obama(dog eater) is a cheapskate clown.

Murphy9 on October 5, 2013 at 2:54 PM

Time to take a walk, I read that as cent instead of percent. Good on him for not being a cheapskate.

Murphy9 on October 5, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Time for a coffee!

Murphy9 on October 5, 2013 at 3:04 PM

No, Levin won’t do it. He is too busy plugging his book.

envycat on October 5, 2013 at 2:41 PM

Did you think about that before you hit the Submit Comment button?

Instead of signing a couple hundred copies of whatever his latest book is he could be leading half a million people to occupy monuments in DC?

Which do you think would sell more books?

turfmann on October 5, 2013 at 3:04 PM

McCain sides with the fascist Zero. he’s another elite jackass.

dogsoldier on October 5, 2013 at 3:01 PM

I know but I don’t want to ever hear him bleat about his POW experience of steadfast advocacy of veterans. He has abandoned the “greatest generation” when they probably needed him the most.

Happy Nomad on October 5, 2013 at 3:04 PM

Murphy9 on October 5, 2013 at 2:54 PM

I don’t think I could have served him. I don’t think I could have looked him in the eye without calling him a liar and a few other choice words.

gophergirl on October 5, 2013 at 3:05 PM

Obama is trying to Barrycade the ocean too.

myiq2xu on October 5, 2013 at 3:05 PM

Looks like it is about time for an “Operation Rolling Thunder” rally..:):)

Dire Straits on October 5, 2013 at 3:05 PM

As going2mars says, it gets better with each viewing:

Pic of the Day: The Chicago Tribune Nailed Barack Obama…In 1934!!!

Resist We Much on October 5, 2013 at 3:07 PM

McCain sides with the fascist Zero. he’s another elite jackass.

dogsoldier on October 5, 2013 at 3:01 PM

I know but I don’t want to ever hear him bleat about his POW experience of steadfast advocacy of veterans. He has abandoned the “greatest generation” when they probably needed him the most.

Happy Nomad on October 5, 2013 at 3:04 PM

Exactly. He should be out there with his fellow veterans.

All the GOP should.

davidk on October 5, 2013 at 3:07 PM

turfmann on October 5, 2013 at 3:04 PM

He’s pea-green wid da envee!

Resist We Much on October 5, 2013 at 3:08 PM

I know but I don’t want to ever hear him bleat about his POW experience of steadfast advocacy of veterans. He has abandoned the “greatest generation” when they probably needed him the most.

Happy Nomad on October 5, 2013 at 3:04 PM

And this is the war he served in.

It will be interesting to see how McCain handles this… especially if some of his fellow vets start calling him and inviting him to The Wall.

ajacksonian on October 5, 2013 at 3:09 PM

Why, oh why do the sheep comply?

Medbob on October 5, 2013 at 3:10 PM

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/iwo-jima-memorial-closed-barricades-erected_759277.html

Another open-air memorial in the Washington area is closed and barricaded off: the Iwo Jima Memorial, just across the bridge from D.C. in Rosslyn, Virginia. A source sends along this picture of the barricade set-up at the memorial, which is also called the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial:

dogsoldier on October 5, 2013 at 3:10 PM

Incitement. Plain as day.

Harbingeing on October 5, 2013 at 2:37 PM

It does appear that ‘someone’ desires a fire at the Reichstag

phreshone on October 5, 2013 at 3:11 PM

dogsoldier on October 5, 2013 at 3:01 PM

Happy Nomad on October 5, 2013 at 3:04 PM

But, the possible cancellation of the Army-Navy game was ‘Apocalypse, Now!’ for Insane McVain.

He’s a POS and I, for one, will gladly endorse a fancy, state funeral for him…while I’m drinking champagne.

His POW-card was MAXED-OUT a LONG time ago.

Resist We Much on October 5, 2013 at 3:11 PM

As much as I hate the rat-eared b@stard the tip was 85%, not .85cts.

Barred on October 5, 2013 at 3:03 PM

Sad part is that he’s been known to dine and dash at some DC restaurants with some staffer paying the check later.

June 14 2012:

Celebrating Father’s Day early, the president had lunch with two service members and two local barbers at Kenny’s BBQ on Capitol Hill.

As the group chatted about fatherhood, the president enjoyed a steaming plate of pork ribs with hot sauce, collard greens, red beans and rice and cornbread.

The bill for the president and his four guests was $55.58, but was left unpaid at the point of sale, according to pool reports.

Happy Nomad on October 5, 2013 at 3:12 PM

Seems as if some bikers have arrived in DC…

d1carter on October 5, 2013 at 3:10 PM

So they are making the vets go through the back?!?!?!?!

UGH my blood pressure is never going to make it to 2016.

gophergirl on October 5, 2013 at 3:12 PM

The Wall.

ajacksonian on October 5, 2013 at 3:09 PM

Few people do not know someone on The Wall. A friend, school mate, son, brother, father, uncle, grandfather.

davidk on October 5, 2013 at 3:12 PM

It’s seem to have come to this

Hell’s Angels >>> Federal Government

phreshone on October 5, 2013 at 3:13 PM

Well, if WWII vets went there…

Resist We Much on October 5, 2013 at 3:00 PM

WWII honor flights to the borders…..i like it…
count me in for a couple of tickets…

going2mars on October 5, 2013 at 3:13 PM

Hey be fair! If the House had passed a bill concerning cowboy poetry, I’m sure that would have been passed too. But when it comes to helping sick kids or funding the National Guard………..

Why would they want to pass those things?

Happy Nomad on October 5, 2013 at 2:53 PM

Because felon associate Harry Reid wants kids with cancer to die.

I’m surprised The Whine’s temper tantrum doesn’t include the interstates — great way to keep people from moving around the country.

rbj on October 5, 2013 at 3:14 PM

Happy Nomad on October 5, 2013 at 3:04 PM

I agree, but if I was there I would not want to see him.

Resist We Much on October 5, 2013 at 3:07 PM
Cartoon was in the 1934 Chicago Tribune. Look carefully at LOWER LEFT CORNER.

ZAP! Good one, RWM.

dogsoldier on October 5, 2013 at 3:14 PM

I’ve told my liberal Obama friends that it doesn’t make sense to close the walk on monuments. Their response …………. well, who is going to pick up the trash or make sure the monuments are not defaced. That is when I just shake my head and say we are doomed.

SC.Charlie on October 5, 2013 at 3:14 PM

This won’t make it in the news, it doesn’t have the GOP looking bad.

p0s3r on October 5, 2013 at 3:15 PM

perhaps we could just move all those Barry-cades to the border..
surely that will stop the illegal entries…

going2mars on October 5, 2013 at 3:15 PM

Few people do not know someone on The Wall. A friend, school mate, son, brother, father, uncle, grandfather.

davidk on October 5, 2013 at 3:12 PM

Friends of the family…lost their eldest son and his younger brother still can’t get over it. Part Native American, too… melancholy is the trip to The Wall.

ajacksonian on October 5, 2013 at 3:16 PM

dogsoldier on October 5, 2013 at 3:10 PM

Has anybody checked to see if the eternal flame is still burning at the JFK gravesite and/or Gettysburg?

Happy Nomad on October 5, 2013 at 3:16 PM

REMINDER: Bill Clinton did NOT deny access to Memorials in the 1995 shutdown. Visitors centers were closed but the Memorials were open – after all, these Memorials are “open air.”

http://www.maggiesnotebook.com/2013/10/ongoing-updates-photos-bikers-escort-ww-ii-veterans-moving-barricades-facebook-shutdown-state-biker-pages/

davidk on October 5, 2013 at 3:17 PM

I’ve told my liberal Obama friends that it doesn’t make sense to close the walk on monuments. Their response …………. well, who is going to pick up the trash or make sure the monuments are not defaced. That is when I just shake my head and say we are doomed.

SC.Charlie on October 5, 2013 at 3:14 PM

Tea Partiers.

Just ask them to show up and do the dirty work that the government can’t be bothered to do.

ajacksonian on October 5, 2013 at 3:17 PM

I’m surprised The Whine’s temper tantrum doesn’t include the interstates — great way to keep people from moving around the country.

rbj on October 5, 2013 at 3:14 PM

Please don’t be throwing out ideas like this. We have trolls.

Happy Nomad on October 5, 2013 at 3:18 PM

Just more blog outrage. MSM won’t report it. Nothing happens. Then when Obama reopens everything, he’ll be praised as savior. It’s the slave mentality (fear/supplication) he’s trying to reinforce.

rrpjr on October 5, 2013 at 3:19 PM

Any word on the Korean War Memorial?

You know the larger than life statues?

Do those need to be closed down, too?

ajacksonian on October 5, 2013 at 3:19 PM

President Obama leaves 85 per cent tip on trip to local sandwich shop during shutdown

The democrat president Barack Hussein Obama(dog eater) is a cheapskate clown.

Murphy9 on October 5, 2013 at 2:54 PM

I hate Obama more than the next 20 guys, but 85% is not ‘cheapskate’.

Midas on October 5, 2013 at 3:19 PM

Arrogance, petulance, and general asshattery is no way to win a public relations campaign against the House GOP.

I think Barry has watched Les Mis a few too many times and has become infatuated with social justice and Barry-cades.

Athos on October 5, 2013 at 3:20 PM

Why have there been no trolls defending this strategy? Where are the pundits telling us how shrewd Obama is?

The only tool they have is to bash the GOP.

John Deaux on October 5, 2013 at 3:20 PM

We’re being held hostage by our own government…maybe the veterans will blink a message to the State Run Media.

d1carter on October 5, 2013 at 3:20 PM

REMINDER: Bill Clinton did NOT deny access to Memorials in the 1995 shutdown. Visitors centers were closed but the Memorials were open – after all, these Memorials are “open air.”

davidk on October 5, 2013 at 3:17 PM

Local talk radio had a guy who went to Harpers Ferry this past week. The visitor’s center was closed but the town had brought in porta-potties and was essentially sending the message that they were still open for business.

Sad that other communities don’t have the same opportunity. Obama refused to let AZ pay for the Grand Canyon to open. Skyline Drive closed will hurt small towns who rely on the leaf peepers. Etc. This is so vindictive I would hope that people get very angry at the OMB and NPS.

Happy Nomad on October 5, 2013 at 3:22 PM

His POW-card was MAXED-OUT a LONG time ago.

Resist We Much on October 5, 2013 at 3:11 PM

Sure was.

Has anybody checked to see if the eternal flame is still burning at the JFK gravesite and/or Gettysburg?

Happy Nomad on October 5, 2013 at 3:16 PM

I’m waiting for him to grab wheelchairs and prosthetics off of veterans at the VA next.

dogsoldier on October 5, 2013 at 3:22 PM

Has anybody checked to see if the eternal flame is still burning at the JFK gravesite and/or Gettysburg?

Happy Nomad on October 5, 2013 at 3:16 PM

Are they still guarding the Tombs of Unknown Soldiers?

gophergirl on October 5, 2013 at 3:24 PM

But if you wanted to conduct a poll of who is least likely to be blamed for anything in this country by the general public, veterans visiting war memorials would have to come in somewhere near the bottom of the list, behind possibly only puppies.

Given Obama’s history with the latter, I can’t really see why you find this remarkable in any way.

RINO in Name Only on October 5, 2013 at 3:24 PM

I think Barry has watched Les Mis a few too many times and has become infatuated with social justice and Barry-cades.

Athos on October 5, 2013 at 3:20 PM

I guess he missed the part where it was the oppressed that took to the barry-cades and not the royals.

Happy Nomad on October 5, 2013 at 3:25 PM

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/iwo-jima-memorial-closed-barricades-erected_759277.html

Another open-air memorial in the Washington area is closed and barricaded off: the Iwo Jima Memorial, just across the bridge from D.C. in Rosslyn, Virginia. A source sends along this picture of the barricade set-up at the memorial, which is also called the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial:

But can you see it from the road? Are you allowed to actually view it from a distance? Will you be dragged off if you shouted “I see it! I see it!”

JellyToast on October 5, 2013 at 3:25 PM

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security. –Such has been the patient sufferance of these colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former systems of government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these states. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.

The people suffer until the government is insufferable.

Yea and verily, this, too, shall come to pass.

ajacksonian on October 5, 2013 at 3:26 PM

Notice how the evil Obama is only sticking it to the people that have contributed to the country. Welfare leeches and his merry band of voting moochers have lost nothing, NOTHING.

The more decent and civilized people see this attack upon them, the worse it is for the donks and King Barky the Naked.

jukin3 on October 5, 2013 at 3:28 PM

You know.. this could be an opportunity for some enterprising person with some extra capital and some vacant land.

Hire some workers fast and build mock memorials as close to the real things as you could. Sell tickets and/or hotdogs and have some fun.

JellyToast on October 5, 2013 at 3:28 PM

Are they still guarding the Tombs of Unknown Soldiers?

gophergirl on October 5, 2013 at 3:24 PM

Yeah, the Army Ceremonial Guard is still on the job. But lots of luck getting around the cemetery. The NPS is vindictive here too. From the ANC website:

Arlington National Cemetery remains operational for interment operations and will be open to the general public in the event of a lapse in appropriations for much of the federal government. However, the National Park Service plans to curtail operations. At Arlington National Cemetery, the Arlington House will be closed for the duration of the government shutdown, and the Martz Tour tram service managed by the National Park Service will be temporarily suspended. Arlington National Cemetery will be open as usual for pedestrian access, and we strive to accommodate vehicular access to visitors with disabilities and physical limitations. Drivers may apply for a temporary vehicular access pass at the visitor’s desk in the Welcome Center lobby.

Happy Nomad on October 5, 2013 at 3:29 PM

I’m waiting for him to grab wheelchairs and prosthetics off of veterans at the VA next.

dogsoldier on October 5, 2013 at 3:22 PM

Or tax them through a perversion of the Medical Device Tax, which does apply to wheelchairs and prosthetics (purchased since #Error404Care went into effect).

Resist We Much on October 5, 2013 at 3:30 PM

“It’s a cheap way to deal with the situation,” an angry Park Service ranger in Washington says of the harassment. “We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can. It’s disgusting.”

http://hotair.com/archives/2013/10/04/park-service-ranger-weve-been-told-to-make-life-as-difficult-for-people-as-we-can-its-disgusting/

davidk on October 5, 2013 at 3:30 PM

My computer had a first time ever meltdown today…hope it was a coincidence…you know, like Dr. Ben Carson’s IRS audit.LOL

d1carter on October 5, 2013 at 3:31 PM

Midas on October 5, 2013 at 3:19 PM

He/She corrected himself.

Any word on the Korean War Memorial?

You know the larger than life statues?

Do those need to be closed down, too?

ajacksonian on October 5, 2013 at 3:19 PM

I just checked them and it is closed also.

dogsoldier on October 5, 2013 at 3:31 PM

You know.. this could be an opportunity for some enterprising person with some extra capital and some vacant land.

Hire some workers fast and build mock memorials as close to the real things as you could. Sell tickets and/or hotdogs and have some fun.

JellyToast on October 5, 2013 at 3:28 PM

If I were involved in such a project, it wouldn’t be erecting reproductions of the monuments we already have, it would be constructing memorials to the things we have lost or are losing. Things like freedom, civil rights, representative government…. stuff like that.

Happy Nomad on October 5, 2013 at 3:32 PM

It’s seem to have come to this

Hell’s Angels >>> Federal Government

phreshone on October 5, 2013 at 3:13 PM

Interesting times my friend. Would think that Obama would be just a bit more politically astute after the million biker ride but he is a petulant child in the midst of throwing a Class 5 tantrum.

jukin3 on October 5, 2013 at 3:32 PM

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